Leave it to the Euros to completely overreact and be wrong about Florida’s new self-defense law. In short, the new law does away with the fatally flawed liberal approach of giving the criminal your belongings (or kids) and running away, or waiting on a “reliable” government agency to help you out (worked well in New Orleans, didn’t it?). Instead, it gives citizens the right to defend themselves, with deadly force if necessary, against threats to themselves or their family/friends. Oh, the horror!!
Anyway, gun-controlling Euroweenie reaction and misrepresentation story here:
“Warning: Florida residents can use deadly force,” says one of the adverts. Another reads: “Thinking about a Florida vacation? Please ensure your family is safe. In Florida, avoid disputes. Use special caution in arguing with motorists on Florida roads.”
Well hell, road rage is certainly common here and in other countries. It’s also illegal, and was just as illegal before this new Florida self-defense law came into existence. Road rage shootings aren’t going to increase because of this law…how stupid to think it will! If Euros want to insure their families will be safe in Florida, then don’t try to commit an act of crime while here! It’s that damned simple! Maybe Florida should run ads that read as follows:
“Warning: you are welcome to come to Florida, as long as you obey the law and don’t harm anyone! If you choose to be a violent criminal while in our state, then you choose to be a shooting range target while in our state! Commit no crime, and worry not…enjoy your visit!”
Look, if some trigger-happy Floridian shoots a tourist because the tourist is arguing with him, then said Floridian will be arrested, tried, and convicted…unless he can prove that the tourist was attempting to harm or kill him AND that shooting the tourist was the most logical, reasonable, and viable alternative. You underestimate people’s intellect if you thnk the average Joe/Jane will think “Well, how else was he supposed to handle the tourist? Walk away from the argument? Hell no, shoot the bastard!” Instead, the average Joe/Jane will think “Geez, he didn’t have a reasonable purpose to shoot that tourist! He needs to be locked up forever!”
Blatantly stolen (but properly credited) from Scrappleface. Great satire:
Former FEMA Director Mike Brown told a House investigative panel yesterday that he takes much of the blame for the agency’s response to “a national disaster of horrifying proportions which continues to cause pain, heartache and devastating financial hardship for millions of Americans.”
“I should have come to Congress sooner to witness this tragedy in person,” Mr. Brown told lawmakers. “As the government official in charge of coordinating disaster relief, I must take a large share of the blame for the dysfunctional organization, petty bickering, turf wars and massive amounts of wasteful spending that continue to this day.”
The departing director acknowledged that the agency had been “overwhelmed by the scope and sequence of the disaster.”
“FEMA is set up to handle storms that blow hard, and pass quickly,” he said. “Congress has only one of those characteristics.”
So does Monica Lewinksy! Ooooooohhhhhhhhh! Did I just say that?
Recently, Harlem moonbat House member Charlie Rangel called President Bush “our Bull Connor.” For those of you who need a quick history lesson, Theophilus “Bull” Connor was a “firehose-directing, dog-siccing racist” police official of Birmingham during the segregation days of the 1960′s.
Ignoring the obvious disparities in comparing the two, which aren’t even worth meriting a discussion, there’s just one inconvenient little tidbit that Rangel and his race-baiting ilk overlook:
Bull Connor once sat where Howard Dean now sits: member of the Democratic National Committee! Yep, Connor was a Democrat, the single Democratic National Committeeman from Alabama.
Oops…stepped in a little dog squeeze there, didn’t ya, Charlie?
The war on terror isn’t enough to concentrate on. No, instead the feds want to save us from
orgasms ourselves, via an anti-porn task force. Not kiddie porn, but the kind that consenting adults spend billions on per year.
Hat tip to the Farkers for this logo…I wonder if the feds will see it quite this way?
Headline: “Danish Air Force Compensates Santa“
If Johnny Cochran were alive today, he’s probably say: “If Donner is dead, then show me the bread!”
You gotta love those Euros!
Those of you who’ve been here for a while know that I am no fan of Tom DeLay. I think he’s an arrogant blowhard, drunk with power. Yet I can’t help but wonder how much of this indictment is a political witch-hunt.
Michelle Malkin has a great post (frequently updated) detailing the goings-on with the case. I’ll let you read it for yourself, but here are a few things of interest about the Democrat prosecutor, Ronnie Earle:
The Travis County, Texas, prosecutor investigating Mr. DeLay has a history of using his office for partisan ends.”(Congressional prerogative, The Washington Times, November 19, 2004)
Earle has demonstrated a past zeal for indicting conservative figures and even liberals with whom he has personal or professional disagreements. (Target: DeLay, National Review, April 11, 2005)
Earle’s partisan prosecutions – which have frequently failed – are designed for political harm, not legal harm. Earle is the same partisan prosecutor who politically indicted and failed to convict:
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (1994, Earle made a series of trumped-up charges, including that the demure Hutchison had physically assaulted an employee. Earle dropped the case during the trial.)
Conservative Democrat Bob Bullock (when he was Comptroller – later he was Lt. Governor)
Democrat Attorney General Jim Mattox (political foe in the 1980′s, charges fell apart at trial)
Ronnie Earle’s three year political vendetta against Rep. DeLay has been marked by:
Illegal grand jury leaks,
A fundraising speech by Earle for the Texas Democrat party that inappropriately focused on the investigation,
Misuse of his office for partisan purposes, and
Extortion of money for Earle’s pet projects from corporations in exchange for dismissing indictments he brought against them.
Ronnie Earle has been frequently criticized for his methods:
The Dallas Morning News criticized Earle in the Hutchison case:
“the impression of partisan unfairness has certainly been reinforced by the leaks and public comment about Hutchison’s case from the District Attorney’s office throughout the summer. That the Grand Jury investigation has been conducted with so much fanfare such as the tip-offs to the new media when key records were seized from the former treasurer’s office has added a darker tone to the cloudy proceedings.” (Hutchison Probe; Fair and Speedy trial is essential, The Dallas Morning News, September 28, 1993)
The Houston Chronicle called into question Earle’s impartiality and judgment:
“The fact that Earle refuses to recognize his blunder and would do it again calls into question whether he has the necessary impartiality and judgment to conduct the investigation that to a great extent will determine whether Texas election campaigns will be financed and perhaps determined by corporations or by individuals.”
(Self-inflicted wound; District attorney’s poor judgment in speaking at a Democratic fund-raiser provides an unintended boost for DeLay’s defenders., The Houston Chronicle, May 20, 2005)
If this guy is drawing the ire of some pretty GOP-unfriendly MSM sources like the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News, and considering the above points (which are a drop in a bucket), one has to question his objectivity.
Having said that, if DeLay is guilty, he’ll rightly pay for it. If DeLay is innocent, he will remain a free man. However, his national image will be tarnished (more than it already was before this), and he will likely not get his leadership post back. Hmmmmm…maybe that’s the point?
Finally, I reflexively question the charges when I see the MSM getting worked up more than Barney Frank at a front-row table at Chippendale’s. Especially when one considers that Nancy Pelosi was actively (and illegally) circumventing election laws, and that Chuckie Schumer’s staff was actively invading privacy and stealing credit info on a political foe…yet the MSM has been quieter than Hillary Clinton during lovemaking.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
UPDATE (9/29/05 – 8:55 p.m. EST): Byron York tells us that for the last two years, Prosecutor Earle “has given a film crew ‘extraordinary access’ to make a motion picture about his work on the case.” But I’m sure this isn’t a political witch hunt, though…just as I’m sure that the National Organization for Women (NOW) is just a group of average Janes with no lesbian agenda!
Air America, being thoroughly entrenched in a socialist mindset, since its inception has completely ignored the single most important fundamental rule of broadcast media survival: bring in advertiser revenue. If you don’t sell advertising, your media outlet doesn’t survive. It doesn’t matter if it’s TV, radio, magazines, or newspapers. No money, no workee!
Well, poor AA (relax, Ted Kennedy…I’m talking about Air America)! They’ve not learned that lesson, and they’ve had to resort to looting charities just to generate enough operational revenue to keep the lights on. Now, we see other forms of AA’s panhandling from the network that was supposed to rival Rush Limbaugh:
Air America, the liberal radio answer to Rush Limbaugh, is now asking its listeners to send in money, leading some analysts to say the network is “crumbling.”
The network, featuring voices including Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, has developed a program where people become “associate” members by contributing cash.
On its website, Air America lists the benefits of membership, stating, “In return for your help, we’ll send you a monthly Associates insider e-mail with the backstage news from our shows and our headquarters. When we take Air America Radio on the road, we’ll invite you to meet our hosts and progressive leaders in your community. And for gifts of $50 and up, we’ve got free stuff to send you.”
Chuckle…snortle…snicker! Yes, you did read that right…”FREE…for $50!“
Quite pitiful, isn’t it? They have to resort to a fund-raising model instead of a business (i.e. capitalist) model. If this doesn’t convince you that left-wing liberalism is largely incompatible with capitalism, I don’t know what will.
Recall the story of how Maryland Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele had his Social Security number used, without his permission or knowledge, to illegally obtain his credit report. The culprits were none other than staffers of Mr. Anti-ID Theft himself, Chuckie Schumer. Smell the wonderful aroma of irony?
Anyway, Michelle Malkin has a follow-up column, along with the observation that the MSM is avoiding the story like Teddy Kennedrunk avoids AA meetings:
Law enforcement officials are taking this criminal intrusion into private records deadly seriously. But left-wing partisans are nowhere to be found. Steele’s staff tells me that longtime crusader against identity theft Sen. Schumer, who denies having any knowledge of the scheme, has still issued no apology for the abuse of Steele’s personal data. And there has been no outcry from the ACLU, the champions of clean campaigns, or any major national newspaper editorial board.
(Protecting privacy only seems to matter to liberals when it comes to 14-year-old girls seeking abortions behind their parents’ backs, illegal aliens seeking sanctuary from the police, and registered sex offenders objecting to community registration requirements.)
Needless to say, if it had been Republicans involved in this outrageous breach of privacy and the target had been a liberal minority politician, it would be front-page news.
Nope…no liberal media bias.
This is beginning to be predictable from that bastion of “long since gone” credibility, the New York Times. They’re getting all hot and bothered over FEMA no-bid contracts, because presumably, it is better to take time and bureaucracy to bid out aid contracts? You think the bitching is loud now about how long the federal government took? What if they didn’t do fast-track bidding or no-bid contracts? The same MSM would be aghast at the delay. Damned if you do, yada-yada-yada. Anyway, from the Godfather:
There aren’t too many people that do this kind of work, there aren’t too many companies. Halliburton is one, Bechtel is one, and there’s another group that does this called the Shaw Group. Now, one of the people coming under fire for these no-bid contracts is a lobbyist by the name of Joe Allbaugh. Now, Joe is from southeast Missouri like I am. Joe was one of Bush’s campaign managers in 2000, was the first head of FEMA in the Bush administration. And as MSNBC reports, it’s the same thing the New York Times said, “At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush’s former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast. One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.”
Notice that the Slimes mentions the Bush connection (Allbaugh) to corporate clients who received no-bid contracts to clean up battered Gulf states; and they mention the obligatory “Halliburton, who Cheney used to work for” line. What they leave out about the Shaw Group, though, is damned telling.
Yeah, we all know that Cheney headed up Halliburton, but we don’t know anything about the Shaw Group. Well, now we do. “J. M. Bernhard, Jr., is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the Shaw Group, a Fortune 500 company offering a broad range of services to the power, process, environmental, infrastructure, and emergency response markets.
Now, you know where I’m reading this from? I said all you have to do is go to the website. I didn’t say the Shaw Group website, because I’m not reading from the Shaw Group website.
You know what I’m reading from? The Louisiana Democratic Party website. And you know what the headline is over the details I just read to you, “about our chairman.” Turns out that J. M. Bernhard, Jr., founder, chairman, chief executive officer of the Shaw Group is the chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Now, why couldn’t the New York Times tell you this? Why couldn’t NBC tell you this on their website? Why couldn’t Chris Matthews tell you this on Hardball last night? Why can’t Katie Couric tell you this? Why can’t anybody at CNN pass this on to you? Why doesn’t anybody at any of these networks or newspapers, the Washington Post, tell you who this Shaw Group is?
Well, they’re going to be pretty embarrassed when they find out that Joe Allbaugh, evil Republican crony of Bush and lobbyist, gave one of these no-bid contracts to the chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
Repeat after me: “Nope…no liberal media bias.”
Yes, the French foiled an Islamofascist terror attack today. Story:
Authorities fear that a suspected Islamic terror cell broken up in France was plotting attacks on the Paris subway, an airport and an intelligence agency’s headquarters, newspapers said Tuesday.
Police arrested nine people Monday in the sweep, including an Islamic militant previously convicted on terrorism charges and freed from prison two years ago, officials said.
So how’s that appeasement working for you, Chirac? I wonder if the Boston Globe still thinks we need to negotiate with al Qaeda, in light of the plan to attack a nation that was capitulating to Islamic terrorism and wasn’t trying to offend those poor little killer weird-beards. After all, haven’t the bloodthirsty camel jockies been telling us that if we just leave them alone, they’ll leave us alone?
Looks like they…gasp!…LIED! Who knew?
Bad news for the Sheehanistas: one less “freedom fighter” to advance the cause of Islamic terrorism. Story:
U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Tuesday their forces had killed Abdullah Abu Azzam – the No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization – in a weekend raid in Baghdad, claiming to have struck a “painful blow” to the country’s most feared insurgent group.
Oh, well, until our “evil, imperialistic, murderous” troops kill or capture bin Laden or al Zarqawi, the Sheehanistas still have someone to cheer for. Plus, they can take comfort in knowing that Azzam is partying his turban off with his 72 new virgin wives, now that he’s taken his eternal celestial sand nap…courtesy of the red, white, and blue!
Neal Boortz best describes She-man’s backers:
Sheehan’s protest was organized by International A.N.S.W.E.R. I’ve told you about this group before. One of the moving forces behind International A.N.S.W.E.R is a cuddly little group called the Worker’s World Party. That’s a communist organization, in case you didn’t know. The Worker’s World Party supports governments like those of Kim Jong Il in North Korea and Fidel Castro in Cuba. The Worker’s World Party and other like-minded organizations formed International A.N.S.W.E.R following the Islamic terrorist attacks of 9/11 in an attempt to forestall any U.S. military response to those attacks. In the leadership of International A.N.S.W.E.R you will find people who have been supporting communist causes and working for the weakening of America for many many years. The groups behind International A.N.S.W.E.R have also called for the abolition of private property. This is the group that Cindy Sheehan, for now, at least, has adopted as her own. She sure knows how to pick her friends.
By the way, for those of you who are so naive as to think that the protest is all about Iraq, how about these gems, signs from the “anti-war” rally? Thanks to Jason Smith at Generation Why?
“From New Orleans to Iraq: Stop the war on the poor.” “Free the Cuban Five.” “We need to make a strong connection between Katrina and the Antiwar Movement on September 24.” “End Colonial Occupation: Iraq, Palestine, Haiti, Afghanistan and Everywhere” “Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return” “Stop the Racist Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Labor Offensive” “U.S. Out of the Philippines”
But hey…just because she fraternizes with a gaggle of 1960′s retreads trying to recapture their glory days much like the balding 50-year-old driving the Corvette convertible trying to score with chicks half his age, doesn’t mean that she is advocating all of that other loony excrement, does it?
Uh, yeah…it does. She’s demanded our “occupying troops” to get out of Afghanistan and…New Orleans. Yup. Let the looters and snipers run roughshod like the streets of the Wild West, just so long as none of those horrible troops (of which her son was one) are there!
Plus, she’s getting damned tired of the cameras not having been all in her grill for a while now. The blog best described (by me) as the bastard child of Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich, the Daily Kos, was graced by Mother Moonbat’s presence yesterday with this screed: “I am watching CNN and it is 100 percent Rita …. even though it is a little wind and a little rain … it is bad, but there are other things going on in the country today .. and in the world.” Day after day more and more liberals are discovering that this woman is the barking rabid moonbat we’ve been saying that she is.
But no…she’s just a griefstricken mother whose son was killed by
Islamic terrorists George Bush. Nothing more, right? Right…and Ted Kennedy is sober and monogamous.
“Jihad” Cynthia McKinney, deposed-then-reinstated black Congresswoman from a gerrymandered district in Georgia, has a little trouble with the geography of the country she lives in. From a paranoid anti-American ranting in DC yesterday:
A cruel wind blows across America, starting in Texas and Montana and sweeping across America’s heartland! It settled here in Washington, DC! And despite our presence today, it continues to buffer — to buffett and batter the American people!
By “Texas and Montana”, she means “Bush and Cheney.” Someone tell Congresswoman Magellan that Cheney is from Wyoming and not Montana. I know both states are close together, and they’re both redder than Cynthia McKinney’s face on Election Night ’00 and ’04…but they are actually different states.
It could have been worse for Georgia’s geographically-impaired Congresswoman. She could have pulled a Maxine Waters and called Salomon Smith Barney “Salomon Barney Frank.” These CBC women are so unintelligent, it’s downright laughable and impossible to take them seriously.
The Congressional Black Caucus…”Stuck on Stupid”!
Ever wonder what profession these losers are in, where they can take weeks or months to go galavanting across the country protesting le cause du jour? Nah…I haven’t wondered either. It’s clear these are the unemployable wretches…life’s losers. No responsible people have that kind of time on their hands.
Not content to stop pimping her dead son, Cindy She-man’s tab on her 15 minutes of fame is long overdue, and has exceeded its available credit limit. Story:
Sheehan, carrying a photo of her son in his Army uniform, was among hundreds of protesters who marched around the White House and then down the two-block pedestrian walkway on Pennsylvania Avenue. When they reached the front of the White House, dozens sat down _ knowing they would be arrested _ and began singing and chanting “Stop the war now!”
Police warned them three times that they were breaking the law by failing to move along, then began making arrests. One man climbed over the White House fence and was quickly subdued by Secret Service agents.
The climber is lucky that Secret Service didn’t riddle him with bullets and make Swiss cheese out of him for his little stunt.
Just as no-talented Yoko Ono continues to gravy-train off of her departed talented hubby John Lennon, and just as no-talented Courtney Love continues to gravy-train off of her departed talented hubby Kurt Cobain, no-talented (and useless as tits on a boar) Cindy She-man is gravy-training off of her heroic son Casey…whom, by her own words, wasn’t killed by Islamic terrorists but by “freedom fighters.” The left has really mounted its saddle on a bum mare in this horse race.
A West Virginia woman, Mitzy Kenny, who lost her husband in Iraq, said that the She-him anti-war demonstrations “can affect the war in a really negative way. It gives the enemy hope.” Mrs. Kenny, I regret to inform you that this is exactly what these worthless pieces of human excrement want to happen. Their disdain for America in general and Bush in particular runs that deep.
I’ve never liked the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Ever. However, after reading this, I just may change my mind. From CNN/SI:
Charlie Weis doesn’t usually let anyone else call plays on offense. He made an exception for 10-year-old Montana Mazurkiewicz.
The Notre Dame coach met last week with Montana, who had been told by doctors weeks earlier that there was nothing more they could do to stop the spread of his inoperable brain tumor.
“He was a big Notre Dame fan in general, but football especially,” said his mother, Cathy Mazurkiewicz.
I can’t reveal anymore, so please read. It’s not long. If you aren’t moved, you’re not human.
What a class act Charlie Weis is. Notre Dame should be proud to be represented by such a fine man.
No, not Helen Thomas…the New York Times. From NewsMax:
Saying his paper “flunked” the test of basic journalistic fairness, New York Times public editor Byron Calame said Alessandra Stanley’s Sept. 5 report claiming that the Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera “nudged” an Air Force relief worker out of the way so he could film himself rescuing a Katrina victim had been made up out of whole cloth.
“Since Ms. Stanley based her comments on what she saw on the screen Sept. 4, the videotape of that segment means everyone involved is looking at exactly the same evidence,” Calame noted.
“My viewings of the videotape – at least a dozen times, including one time frame by frame – simply doesn’t show me any ‘nudge’ of any Air Force rescuer by Mr. Rivera,” the Times internal watchdog said, adding, “Ms. Stanley declined my invitation to watch the tape with me.”
The story goes on to document other cases of the Hag’s fabricating patterns:
Two weeks ago, columnist Paul Krugman was forced to admit that he falsely claimed media recounts in Florida showed Al Gore winning the 2000 presidential election. In August, a Times profile of Hillary Clinton changed a quote first reported by NewsMax where Clinton said she was “adamantly opposed to illegal immigrants.”
In the toned down Times version, Clinton’s opposition was to “illegal immigration” rather than the immigrants themselves.
Of course, who can forget Jayson Blair fabricating sources…like CBS News did with fake documents? However, for some strange reason, the left keeps granting undue credibility to the NYT.
With the logic (or semblance thereof) that only a liberal or trial lawyer (pardon the redundancy) can muster, there is an effort in Mississippi to force insurance companies to pay for flood damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Never mind the fact that flood insurance was excluded from the policies that the homeowners and businesses willfully signed. Never mind the fact that the federal government has a flood insurance program (which they shouldn’t…it’s not a constitutional responsibility for the federal government to be in the insurance business). No, those “evil, greedy” insurance companies are being heartless by enforcing the policies that they wrote and to which policyholders agreed.
What would be the fallout? From Opinion Journal:
Both men [Dem. state SG Hood, and tort ambulance chaser Scruggs] are demanding that private insurers pay for Katrina flood damage, though the companies never collected one dime of flood premiums over the years and have no such reserves. As it is, insurers may be on the hook for $60 billion. Sticking them with flood damage could add another $15 billion to the tab, which would certainly send several insurers into bankruptcy.
Insurance companies that survived would have to assume that flood liabilities are now theirs to pay, regardless of the contracts they write. They’d then have to charge everyone in the region higher premiums–by one estimate, as much as $500 a year–to cover this flood risk. Or they could take the more rational option of fleeing a state where contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
In other words, Mr. Hood is guaranteeing that victims of the next hurricane will have even less financial protection than Katrina’s. And he’s complicating the entire reconstruction effort by raising the cost of insurance for the contractors, union workers, homeowners and businesses that are all going to need liability and/or property and casualty insurance before they rebuild. The attorney general is a Category 5 destructive force all by himself.
Hey, but it makes them media darlings (and enriches the lawyer), so screw Mississippians, huh?
Great satire from Scrappleface:
Hours after a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll revealed that fewer than half of respondents believe the U.S. can win the war in Iraq, a second survey showed that more than 99 percent of Americans are not in Iraq, and almost as many form opinions about the war based exclusively on what they learn from CNN, USA Today and other news organizations.
Of the 818 Americans telephoned by pollsters, according to an unnamed Gallup spokesman, roughly zero percent are currently stationed in Iraq, where about 150,000 U.S. troopsspend their days providing security, hunting down terrorists, training Iraqi police and soldiers and rebuilding schools, water systems and other infrastructure elements.
Almost 97 percent of those surveyed answered “strongly agree” to the statement: “Every single thing I know about U.S. efforts in Iraq, I learned from news reports in the mainstream media.”
Of those people, the vast majority said they believe U.S. troops spend their days “driving around in Humvees, trying to detonate improvised explosive devices with their tires.”
A unnamed CNN reporter, stationed in a Green Zone hotel lounge in Baghdad, said the new surveys “simply reinforce what I’ve known for two years — the war in Iraq is unwinnable. For some reason, America seems to have lost her will tofight for freedom.”
This makes me madder than Hillary Clinton having seen a uniformed soldier. From the AP:
A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school’s superintendent said in a letter.
Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.
“Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl’s biological mother.
I recognize that a private school has the legal authority to accept or reject whomever it wishes. While legally I concede their position is strong, I am offended by their “moral” reasoning.
The girl’s parents are lesbians. Whether one supports parental rights for gay/lesbian couples is irrelevant, because the fact is that this child DOES have gay parents…whether anyone likes it or not. It’s reality. But why should the girl be expelled from a school that is trying to teach Christian values and morality just because her parents are gay? Hell, I think her parents should be commended for (a) caring enough about her education, and (b) wanting to lay a strong religious foundation for her, despite their own contra-Christian lifestyle.
For the record, I believe every word of the Bible, and I do not dispute the Bible’s view of homosexuality being contrary to Christianity. However, I also believe that it is up to God to judge, not us. If God wants to cast gays into the pit of Hell, then He will do so. If, however, He has no more problem with homosexuality than with lying, murder, sloth, greed, theft, or anything else that Christians seem to be more forgiving of than gayness…well, He will deal with that, too. And if gay couples want to come to church, introduce their kids to church, etc., then they should be welcomed with open arms. After all, accepting gays into the church is not an endorsement of their lifestyle…just of their humanity.
But read this again: “at least one parent may not engage in practices ‘immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship’.” So if parents of other students tell lies, big or small, then are these kids to be expelled? After all, lying is “inconsistent with a positive Christian life style.” What if one student’s parent takes some copy paper home from the office, for use on the home PC’s printer? That’s theft…so kick his kids out? I mean, we want to be consistent, right?
This is not a post about gay marriage, gay adoption, gay priests, etc. If you want to comment on those things, fine with me. However, I hope that many of us can agree that the actions of this religious school may be legal, but they are also short-sighted. Christians are supposed to be like Jesus Christ as much as is humanly possible, who fraternized with prostitutes, thieves, and other unsavory elements in society. Alas, many of today’s Christians would rather preach to the choir than jump at the chance to bring more lambs into the fold.
From the Washington comPost:
Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle’s interest in public office isn’t necessarily latent: he has set up a new political action committee and plans a Jefferson-Jackson Day speech in the politically pivotal state of Iowa.
Daschle, who was considered a possible candidate for president in 2004, has quietly eschewed most publicity since his defeat to Republican John Thune last November. But Steve Hildebrand, director of the new committee and Daschle’s former campaign manager, said the well-known Democrat from South Dakota “is not going to rule out opportunities to play important roles in public service.”
“It could be president, it could be vice president, it could be something else,” Hildebrand said. “It could be nothing.”
Could be nothing…as in, “What do the folks back in South Dakota think about Tommy?”
I know what you guys are thinking: “He couldn’t even win his home state as the Senate leader of his party, so how can he win his party’s nomination for President?” Valid question, my friends, but you underestimate the sheer ignorance of the Democratic Party.
Think about last year, and the party’s nominee for President: John F’ing Kerry. Here’s the most liberal Senator in the country, a Jane Fonda clone in the Nam protest days, and an inconsequential legislator who had never passed a significant piece of legislation in his life. His only accomplishment since his medals (the ones he threw away…BEFORE he didn’t) was to marry into wealth, which to the left, is somehow more honorable than inheriting it (unless you’re a Kennedy).
Bush was vulnerable last year, no question about it. And the Democrats chose…Jean-Francois Kerry?
Needing to somehow convince the nimrods in red states that they were too supid to properly hear the Democrats’ message, the savior of the Dems turned out to be…Howard “Primal Scream” Dean. He’s since then gone on to notch abysmal donations, insult people in the states he purports to court, and causes enough humiliation to his party that some (not nearly enough) have begun to denounce him or distance themselves from him.
True, Tom Daschle didn’t give a wet fart on a dry January Monday about the people and values of South Dakota, as evidenced by his day-after-Election-Day-2000 encouragement of Al Gore to steal an election from a man who won Daschle’s state by 23%. In that act, Daschle told the people of South Dakota: “Screw you, hayseeds! You need a cultural D.C. elite like me to make this decision for you, since you obviously botched that at the ballot box! Geez, at least the bluehairs in Palm Beach County had an excuse…they couldn’t read!” He fought the man that South Dakota loved (for those of you in blue states, that would be Bush) tooth and nail, and he paid dearly for his arrogance and nosethumbing last November.
However, Daschle wouldn’t run for president for the folks of South Dakota. Hell, he doesn’t live there anymore, and he barely lived there when he was Senator. No, he’d run for the left’s elite and kook base. Therefore, it’s not hard at all to believe he’d run for President, and that his party just may be stupid enough to nominate him.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin.
Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is considering a U.S. Senate bid for the seat being vacated by Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes, has just been a victim of identity theft
Dem. NY Senator Chuckie Schumer had a pair of staffers, one of which used to do research for David Brock’s leftist and truth-challenged Media Matters (a site that laughably asserts that the MSM isn’t liberal enough), purloined a copy of Steele’s credit report by using his Social Security number, reportedly obtained from public documents. You do know that it is against federal law (for those of you in blue states, that means “it is illegal”) to knowingly and willfully obtain a credit report under false pretenses, don’t you?
Flashback to 2003, headline from CBS News: “GOP Staffer Eyed In Memo Leak” CBS and the rest of the MSM jumped on this story like Michael Moore on a Whopper Deluxe (the burger, not a euphemism for his movies). Why? Because the story accomplished two things: (1) made the GOP look bad; and (2) expressed outrage at the appearance of “violating privacy.”
However, as of this moment (subject to change when pressured by the new media), the MSM isn’t touching this story quite yet. Newsday reported on it, but the other New York publication, the
Old Gray Hag New York Times, doesn’t seem very interested in the activities of the staff of their senior Senator. Oh sure, the Washington comPost tries to report on it, but the headline reads “Democrats’ scrutiny of Steele assailed“, implying that the felony of identity theft counts as “scrutiny” and that Republicans are just being partisan in their complaints. The comPost story also neglects to mention Schumer’s connection to the staffers.
Not only was privacy raped, but so was the law. The MSM’s reaction? (Yawwwwwnnnn!) While Schumer may have had no knowledge and was correct to report the matter to authorities, you’d figure that the story would still get some play…like it did when Hatch dealt with his staffer, right?
Nope…no liberal media bias.
Soledad O’Brien, CNN’s eye candy reporter who once referred to a cow in a puddle of water as “that poor water buffalo”, has graced us with another poignant observation. From NewsMax:
CNN’s “American Morning” host Soledad O’Brien said Tuesday that Hurricane Katrina evacuees housed at the Superdome were worse off than beheading victims in Baghdad.
The normally mild-mannered newswoman offered the overwrought observation while speaking at Redbook Magazine’s “Movers and Shakers” awards luncheon in New York.
According to the New York Daily News, O’Brien blurted out:
“It is a sad thing to watch military veterans cry as they tell you the beheadings in Baghdad were less horrific than what they saw as 30,000 people marched from the Superdome through a shopping mall and onto buses to who knows where.”
Ms. O’Brien didn’t identify the veterans who told her that Katrina victims would have been better off being beheaded.
Emphasis mine. What you rather experience: (A) A category 4 or 5 hurricane through which you would likely (though not guaranteed) live; or (B) Having your head sawed off by bloodthirsty Islamofascist terrorists while you were awake, and would have a 100% chance of not surviving it?
Honore:…You’re asking last storm questions for people who are concerned about the future storm. Don’t get stuck on stupid, reporters. We are moving forward. And don’t confuse the people please. You are part of the public message. So help us get the message straight. And if you don’t understand, maybe you’ll confuse it to the people. That’s why we like follow-up questions. …
Male reporter: General, a little bit more about why that’s happening this time, though, and did not have that last time…
Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I’m not going to answer that question.
Aside from the embarrassed reporter, who doesn’t love this guy?
Bush creates another hurricane (Rita), but this time, the bumbling idiot screws up and steers it towards Texas! Why would he decimate his own state?!?
A-ha…there’s a method to his madness! The hurricane is projected towards Houston. Who’s in Houston? Katrina evacuees, that’s who! He wasn’t able to smite enough of them when he created Katrina and bombed the levee wall, so he created another one to send to Houston to finish the job!
For those of you in blue states, the above is sarcasm and meant to make fun of the conspiracy theory moonbats.
Many liberals are calling for Congress to scrap their plans on repealing the death tax…or as they’d rather call it, the “estate tax.” Yes, this is to help pay for Katrina relief. Hey, credit them with at least floating an idea this time…it’s been a long time since they’ve proposed an idea on anything related to public policy. Cut them slack, though…when does one find time to craft policy if the entire day is spent bitching about Bush and the GOP?
The death tax is the most grossly reprehensible tax that exists today. There is something sick and perverted in the thinking behind it: If you buy stuff (house, land, investments, etc.) with your after-tax money, you can still be taxed on said possessions (i.e your “estate”), up to a grotesque 55%! In short, the government confiscates part, sometimes more than HALF, of your kids’ inheritance after you croak. Double taxation, and one where you pay the second time around after you meet your Maker.
The mentality driving the death tax is also the mentality that thinks we ought to have a “progressive” income tax. You know, the higher your income, the higher the percentage of your income should be confiscated. It’s not enough that everyone pay the same percentage, which would still assure that those with higher incomes would naturally pay more in income taxes! No, they should pay at a higher RATE. By
God (insert newest fad religion’s deity here), now that will teach those damned achievers a thing or two about achieving!
By the way, here’s a quick history lesson for you. The ideas of the estate tax and progressive income taxation are both found in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Marx and Engels concoct 10 things that must occur in order to implement the “worker’s paradise” they envisioned. Number 3 is “Abolition of all rights of inheritance.” The death tax attempts to do just that, albeit in baby steps. Number 2 is “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.” Sound familiar?
So the next time you hear someone advocating the death tax and a progressive income tax, just keep in mind that these ideas have been around since Marx and Engels wrote about them in 1848. Good company to keep, eh?
John Stossel has a great column on how government bureaucracy and pork screwed New Orleans, both before and after Hurricane Katrina. Please read the column, though if you read nothing else, read his quote below (emphasized):
The deadliest government mistake was made by Congress. The Army Corps of Engineers had said it wanted $27 million to strengthen the levees protecting New Orleans. Congress said no, though our can’t-spend-your-money-fast-enough representatives did appropriate more than that for an indoor rain forest in Iowa.
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, blamed the president. “The president could have funded it,” she said.
Someday, she should read the Constitution. Only Congress can appropriate federal money.
She’s only a Senator, and a Democratic one at that…how is she supposed to know about the Constitution? “Someday she should read the Constitution”…that’s classic!
Former Louisiana senator John Breaux also told me the state never got what it asked for. “I’m part of the effort to try and get more money, and many times we were not successful,” he complained.
But, surprise! It turns out Louisiana got lots of money for Corps of Engineers projects — hundreds of millions of dollars more than any other state. Congress just spent it on pork projects instead of on the levees.
I confronted Breaux about his own state’s pork, such as subsidies for ship builders and the sugar industry.
“I object to you using words like squander and pork,” he said. “What is pork in one part of the country is an essential project in another part.”
My, my, my…touchy, ain’t he? At the time he was lining the pockets of Louisiana sugar barons and shipyard magnates, he wasn’t prioritizing the funding of his state’s levees over the aforementioned special interests.
But fear not…it was Bush’s fault. Yes, these “cuts” to the levee spending could not have been offset by…oh, I don’t know…not subsidizing the LA business community? Breaux’s and Landrieu’s short-sightedness are undoubtedly Bush’s fault.
I gotta call it like I see it, and this looks like another case of cronyism. Apparently, I’m not the only one who sees this. Michelle Malkin has an in-depth post on her blog, an excerpt of which follows:
This is Julie Myers, President Bush’s nominee to head the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
Her nomination is a joke. A bad joke.
As pointed out within Malkin’s post: “Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She married Chertoff’s current chief of staff, John F. Wood, on Saturday.”
Cronyism is nothing new, and it manifests itself in both parties. However, isn’t this just a tad bit ridiculous?
I mean, did he learn nothing from the Michael Brown FEMA fiasco? Granted, the Senate was complicit in the hiring of Brown, since he won bipartisan support during his confirmation. However, Brown was in way over his head, and his hollow resumé should have set off alarms in people’s heads. Well, those alarms are going off in many heads with the selection of Myers to replace Brown.
I hope Bush reconsiders or the Senate rejects the nomination. While Myers’ uncle, General Richard Myers, is a man of impeccable character and credentials, I hardly see how those traits qualify his niece to head an agency that is in sore need of good leadership and committment to law enforcement. Color me with the “skeptical” crayon.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean is now boasting that he’s the savior of the Democratic Party, in a none-too-subtle slap at former party chief Terry McAuliffe, not to mention the last Democratic standard bearer, Sen. John Kerry.
Asked why he wanted to run the DNC, Dean told ABC’s “The View” last week: “Somebody had to save the party.”
Arrogant, isn’t it? That’s surprising, since Dems’ never come across as arrogant, aloof elitists, do they? For those of you in blue states, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
How about this doozie?
But when it came to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Dean turned defensive, saying it wasn’t Nagin’s fault that the city’s school buses weren’t used to evacuate his trapped constituents.
“The school buses were controlled by the school board, not the mayor,” Dean insisted. “You can’t blame the mayor for that.”
Thanks for clearing that up, Howie: it was local bureaucratic bungling that kept the buses from being used for evacuations! N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin couldn’t have made an executive decision to commandeer the buses? Why no, he needed the school board to sign off on the deal! That is arguably the lamest excuse I’ve heard from the left yet as to why a few hundred buses weren’t used to get people out of there, and instead became submerged. Had a Republican mayor done the same thing, is there a doubt that the MSM would be madder than Jesse Jackson in a packed room with NO cameras?
You’re not doing Nagin any favors by flapping those gums, pal.
I wonder if he means the new standard of journalism whereby the MSM’s liberal bias is countered by alternative sources giving the electorate all information and not just the parts that they (the MSM) want you to see?
Perhaps Rather laments the new standard (which used to be the original standard) of actually (gasp!) doing real investigative reporting, instead of the rampant lazy reporting we see today in the liberal MSM. Such “tricks of the trade” not likely taught in journalism schools (but introduced once the naive journo grad hits the newsroom) include the following: reporting hearsay as fact, not investigating facts, making up sources and interviews, using clearly forged documents from partisan hacks, etc.
Or maybe, just maybe…Rather’s just a bitter old has-been whose career is now defined not by the excellence it may have once represented, but by the unabashed partisanship and incompetence it reflected at the end before he was pressured out of CBS.
Oh, yeah…Rather’s sob-fest is here.
The bird flu is a lethal disease, and warning sirens are being sounded right now. Is the threat exaggerated or real? Read for yourself here.
Whatever bad things may happen as a result of the bird flu will no doubt be George W. Bush’s fault, right?
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